Ngurra Nyingu (We are from this country)
Several Yinjaa-Barni works are on display in this exhibition
Location: Woodside Building Foyer, St Georges Tce Perth.
Dates: 14th November to 30th November 2011
Catalogue: View Here
Purchase or Other Enquiries: Nan Rickards (0417 184 290 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sharing the stories of the West Pilbara
Now in its fourth year, the Ngurra Nyingu (We are from this country) exhibition showcases artists of the West Pilbara and shares the stories of its people and culture.
The featured painting ‘Coolabah Seeds’ is by the artist Maudie Jerrold. She tells us:
“The Coolabah tree is one of our medicine trees, we boil up the leaves to use for colds. It was used as a broom in the olden days by the old people, we still use it to sweep up when we go camping out bush.”
In 2011 about 200 artworks will be for sale alongside a range of unique glass works and painted ceramic plates.
Since 2008 around $250,000 worth of artworks have been sold and several artists have completed an Indigenous artist development program. No commission is taken from the sale of the artwork. All proceeds go to the artists and their art groups, which provide essential cultural and social infrastructure in their community.
The Ngurra Nyingu (We are from this country) exhibition is one of our cornerstone activities, supporting Indigenous artists from the West Pilbara to share their culture, country and stories through artwork.
Woodside supports programs and resources into the areas the Traditional Custodians in our local communities tell us are important.
We work alongside Indigenous communities to provide opportunities that contribute to a sustainable future. We are delivering and supporting programs in the West Pilbara in the areas of education, training, employment, business participation, governance, community volunteering, youth, arts and community events. Full details of these programs are set out in our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Through its Conservation Agreement with the Commonwealth Government, Woodside is committed to protect, preserve and promote the National Heritage Listed values of the Dampier Archipelago (including the Burrup Peninsula).
One example of this work is the Yijala Yala Now project, based in Roebourne. The project aims to drive real change in the self belief of local people and their expectations for the future. For more information visit www.yijalayala.bighart.org
The artists displaying work at the Ngurra Nyingu (We are from this country) exhibition are drawn from the towns of Roebourne, Karratha and Wickham, as well as the Indigenous communities of Cheeditha, Weymul and Ngurawaana.
Many of the artworks tell the stories associated with the Burrup Peninsula. Referred to as the storybook of the Pilbara, it is a place of great spiritual significance and is thought to be the place where mythological creatures emerged from the sea and began their travels across the land.
Featured artists have been drawn from the Roebourne Art Group, the Yinjaa-Barni Art and individual Roebourne-based artists. The artists have produced paintings, glass works and painted ceramic plates.
Catalogue: View Here